Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale
A rounded caramelised nose sets the tone for this festive amber ale. Winter fruit overtones upfront include dates and cooked apples, alongside spicy hops. More spice on the palate with vanilla and more of those dried fruits reminding us it’s nearly Christmas time.
Whatever you do don’t be temped to chill this one. It is full-bodied and wonderfully warming, and some hints of cinnamon and creamy balanced bitterness might get a little lost if the edge is taken off them.
7%; RRP: £2, Morrisons, other selected supermarkets & independents, and from the Shepherd Neame online shop